500 signatures reached
To: The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, The Hon Mark Butler MP,
NSW Graduate Nurses say 'Give us jobs'
Please budget for enough new graduate RN jobs for all nursing graduates to complete their training. Don't short change them or patient safety.
Why is this important?
Having enough new graduate RN positions to employ all nursing graduates is very important, ensure that there is enough staff in acute health care hospitals. Chronic staff shortages compromise patient safety, and effects public perception in our public and private health care system.
Giving our new graduate RN nurses a chance assures public trust in our public health system.
" ...Only half of the nurses that graduated in South Australia last year  have been employed, only 30% of nurses in Tasmania, and as few as 10% in Queensland."
Nursing graduates in other states have the same problem... NO JOBS. (data from independent Nursing Review, March 2013)
The ANMF asks graduates, students, nurses, midwives, carers, and members of the community to sign this petition please.
We need graduates to be in work, developing clinical skills and gaining specialist knowledge to replace the nurses that we will lose quickly in coming years as the baby boom retires.
Meeting appropriate ratios of nurses per patient has numerous benefits... starting with less patient deaths!
In summary, we've got an underlying shortage of Aussie nurses that's getting worse, with graduate nurses making huge sacrifices to get qualified, at a large cost to them & the country, who then can't get jobs.
It needs to change! Now!
Please sign our petition calling on the Government to fund more jobs for graduate nurses, & SHARE to keep the heat on this critical issue for nursing graduates, the profession, and the health of the public.
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How it will be delivered
It will be delivered both electronically and in person.